Plan Your Perfect Couples' Getaway to San Francisco
When you visit San Francisco with your special someone, you'll find all kinds of activities and experiences that speak to the sort of couple you are. Looking for outdoor adventure? We've got it. Eager to refine your palette? You've come to the right place. No matter what you and your better half want from your visit to San Francisco, we've got just the plan for you.
For Summer Lovers
The summer months are a perfect time to visit for couples looking to experience some of San Francisco's most beloved annual events. May brings the zany Bay to Breakers Race and the colorful fun of Carnaval. June is when San Francisco invites everyone to celebrate Pride. Athletes from around the world arrive in July to run the San Francisco Marathon. And August brings Eat Drink SF, the biggest celebration of San Francisco's chefs, restauranteurs, and mixologists.
For Snow Bunnies
San Francisco's famous hills never get covered in snow, but you don't have to travel far beyond the city to find some terrific slopes. World-class skiing can be found near Lake Tahoe, and there's more winter fun to be had in Tuolumne County. Everything from ice skating to snowshoeing to snow tubing is available. We'll also let you in on a little secret: winter is the most affordable time to book your stay in San Francisco.
For Couples On A Budget
Want a great holiday without breaking the bank? Couples on a budget can enjoy a number of free experiences in San Francisco. Take a walk with San Francisco City Guides. They’ll show you some of San Francisco's most famous neighborhoods, including the Castro, Haight-Ashbury, and Chinatown. You can get your groove on at the free concerts that are part of the Stern Grove Festival (every Sunday from mid-June to mid-August) or explore the arts and sciences during the city's free museum days. You can also bundle your purchases to some of the city's most popular places with an attraction pass.
For Couples Treating Themselves
If you want to splurge with your partner in crime, there are few places better than San Francisco. Between our abundant luxury shopping and the must-have San Francisco originals you'll find around the city, it's a shopper's dream. Choose a top-rated luxury hotel for your stay, like the historic Palace, the elegant St. Regis, or the legendary Fairmont. Indulge yourself beyond the bridge, as well, with a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Both Napa and Sonoma offer extravagant wine tasting experiences, secluded lodgings, and pampering spas.
For Active Couples
San Francisco is a sporty city. You can bike, kayak, and hike, all within city limits. To really feel like an urban explorer, visit the Presidio. Discover 24 miles of hiking trails, join a guided art walk, or just meander hand-in-hand. Three hours east of San Francisco lies famous Yosemite National Park. Witness the ancient cliffs and thundering waterfalls, and feel like a tiny creature of the forest beneath towering redwoods.
For Artistic Couples
San Francisco is a cultural paradise, with everything from classical music to daring, avant-garde performance art. Artistic couples should be sure to visit the city's must-see museums, its accessible galleries, and its historic music venues. Festivals focused on dance, comedy, and the written word happen all year long, guaranteeing no shortage of experiences for the cultured couple. You can even make a little art yourself when you're here if you visit businesses like 3 Fish Studios.
For LGBTQ Couples
The city that practically invented gay is always ready to welcome visiting LGBTQ couples. The Castro is one of the most famous gayborhoods in the world, featuring a wide variety of bars and nightclubs, each with their own vibe. SoMa features such legendary establishments as The Eagle and The Stud. There's also El Rio in the Mission, a favorite of local lesbians, and The Cinch on Polk St., one of the oldest gay bars in the city. Of course, there's plenty of LGBTQ fun to be had in daylight hours, too. San Francisco is full of LGBTQ history that you can still experience today.
For A Couple of Foodies
Did you know that San Francisco is home to more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the country? Treat your tastebuds at famed eateries such as Atelier Crenn, In Situ, and Lazy Bear. You can enjoy any cuisine you desire in the City by the Bay. Find authentic Mexican fare in the Mission. Get traditional Chinese dishes in both Chinatown and the Richmond. There's literally good food on every corner, thanks to the city's proliferation of exceptional food trucks. Be sure to sample some of the city's signature dishes and original cocktails. You may be surprised how many of your favorites were first served in San Francisco.
For First-Time Visitors
If you're a couple making your first visit to San Francisco, there's an obvious place to start: our famous cable cars. The country's only mobile national historic landmark, the cable car can take you to a few of San Francisco's other icons, including Lombard St. and Fisherman's Wharf. Want to see the most popular sights around the city? Sign up with Big Bus Tours for a hop-on/hop-off excursion that will take you as far as the Golden Gate Bridge. If you wanted to tackle a few attractions at once, visit Golden Gate Park. Within its grounds, you can experience the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Conservatory of Flowers, and the Botanical Gardens.
For Seasoned San Francisco Visitors
So, you're San Francisco pros, are you? This might be the perfect opportunity for you to explore our neighboring destinations beyond the bridge. San Francisco is within driving distance of the wine country of Napa and Sonoma, the beaches of Monterey and Santa Cruz, the natural beauty of Yosemite and Lake Tahoe, and the small-town vibes and great shopping of the Tri-Valley area. That's not to say that there isn't still plenty for you to explore within city limits. San Francisco is an always evolving destination. You never know how many new restaurants, attractions, and experiences may have sprung up since your last visit.